Photograph of an aerial view of the Gladding, McBean & Co. pottery (the former Tropico Pottery Works) in Los Angeles, California, May 1928. At center, a large cluster of buildings and small structures can be seen. To the immediate left of the buildings, two large lines of small, flat cylindrical tanks are visible. On the perimeter of the buildings, at least eleven large smokestacks can be seen. In the foreground, two additional long buildings are visible. Small unidentifiable objects completely surround the lower building, and groups of these objects are seen to the further left. In the extreme foreground to the right, a cluster of buildings and trees sit adjacent to several railroad tracks. In the extreme background to the left, winding dirt roads can be seen moving past large groups of trees. To the far right, several small houses and trees are visible.; "The former Tropico Pottery was located in the city of Los Angeles (the dividing line between Glendale and Los Angeles was the SP railroad tracks). GMcB had two plants in Los Angeles. When GMcB acquired the Tropico Pottery in 1923, the company referred to the former Tropico Pottery plant as the Glendale plant so as not to confuse the plant with their already existing LA plant. GMcB never had a plant in the city of Glendale. Unfortunately by calling the plant the Glendale plant, this only confused the actual location of the plant" -- James Elliot-Bishop, author of "Franciscan, Catalina and Other Gladding, McBean Wares 1875-1942".